Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16. 5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder...
DALLAS — Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a Dallas Mavericks rally for a 117-114 victory Friday night.
The Thunder won its sixth straight and ended the Mavs’ four-game winning streak.
Durant was 13 of 31 from the field, including five three-pointers, and was 21 of 21 from the foul line. It was the first 50-point game this season.
“He had a great game, and he is the best shooter on the planet,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
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Dallas guard O.J. Mayo forced overtime by hitting a three-pointer with two defenders in his face with 2.3 seconds left in regulation.
Mike James had put Dallas ahead with a three-pointer in overtime, but his three-pointer in the final seconds of overtime fell short.
Russell Westbrook, who scored 31, missed a free throw to give the Mavericks one more chance to tie, but Vince Carter’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer was short.
Gentry out as
PHOENIX — Alvin Gentry had a successful run with Steve Nash and the previous version of the Phoenix Suns, leading them to the 2010 Western Conference finals.
Gentry didn’t mesh quite as well with the new bunch at Planet Orange, and it cost him his job.
Unable to get a revamped roster headed in the right direction, Gentry and the last-place Suns agreed to part ways on Friday, ending the five-year run of one of the franchise’s most popular coaches.
The team said an interim coach from within the organization is expected to be named in the next 48 hours.
The Suns underwent a complete overhaul over the summer, when Nash went to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal, All-Star forward Grant Hill left for the Clippers and nine new players were added.
The new-look Suns struggled from the start and went into a deeper tailspin over the past month or so, losing 13 of 15 and four straight at home. Their 13-28 record is the worst in the Western Conference.
Gentry went 158-144 during his stint with the Suns.
• Center Al Horford (hamstring, calf) did not play for Atlanta in a loss to Brooklyn, and the Hawks lost key reserve Lou Williams to a sprained right knee in the first half.
• Jrue Holiday had a career-high tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of Philadelphia’s points in overtime, and the 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 108-101.
• Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left as Chicago extended its Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics 100-99. The Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday. They haven’t lost since April 2011.